Project 04C: ARC Discovery 2004-2006


Asia's first people: the role of East Asia in human evolution during the past half million years

Researchers: Dr AG Thorne, Prof G Hope, Dr PS Tacon (Australian Museum), Dr MA Smith (National Museum of Australia), Dr C Pardoe, Dr DK Curnoe (University of NSW).

Summary: A new statement about the importance of East Asia in our evolution is long overdue. The evolutionary development of humans between 500,000 and 20,000 years ago will be examined from archaeological, biological, faunal, ecological, environmental and migrational perspectives. We will synthesise the scattered East Asian literature, examine unpublished material in situ and conduct new fieldwork. Excavations will take place at two locations in Myanmar, the first in 50 years.


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